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Annexationism among Cubans

Annexationism among Cubans HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST. A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, […] Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours / Iván García Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two things: fake support for the autocracy and […] Continue reading

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth June 8, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and […] Continue reading

The Swamp Of Wealth

The Swamp Of Wealth 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 June 2017 — Almost a quarter of a century ago, the government launched a battle against illicit income that ended with the detention of dozens of criminals but also of prosperous entrepreneurs. During the dreaded Operation Flowerpot, you could be denounced just for having […] Continue reading

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone”

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone” Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 31 May 2017 — A brief note published by the official Cuban press reports the meeting held by “General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz” with “the Chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, Timoleón Jiménez” (FARC-EP), where the former “ratified the willingness […] Continue reading

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 26 April 2017 — When night falls, it’s not advisable to walk through certain neighborhoods in Havana. Like the one from El Curita Park, on Reina and Galiano, up to the corner of Monte and Cienfuegos. In addition to the disagreeable odor from […] Continue reading

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This week […] Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing. Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish, blond hair and […] Continue reading

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time? Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the […] Continue reading

Embezzlement Today

Embezzlement Today / Regina Coyula Regina Coyula, 17 February 2017 — The long laissez faire of the government with the “if you behave well, I look the other way” has given birth to a generation (just one?) of the cheerfully shameless, known generically as “fighters.” The nice denomination that began by being applied a few, […] Continue reading

Prostitution – ‘extra pay’ for many police

Prostitution: ‘extra pay’ for many police GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 9 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:46 CET. “I don’t know why you’re surprised, when everybody knows that prostitution and pimping represent an extra salary for many police,” says Alexis. This young man, in his 30s, is a pimp who controls what he […] Continue reading

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2017 — The latest audit carried out by Cuba’s Office to the Comptroller revealed losses of more than 90 million Cuban and more than 51 million Cuban convertible pesos in public enterprises and non-agricultural cooperatives in Havana, a situation that […] Continue reading

Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms

Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms January 28, 2017 By Angel Vazquez Mourenza HAVANA TIMES — I’d wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now, and I finally went. I would have liked to have gone a long time ago, 25 years ago for example, when the country seemed to be living better […] Continue reading

What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba’s Central Bank?

What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba’s Central Bank? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 November 2016 — At the beginning of October the former Cuban diplomat and ex-president of the Central Bank, Hector Rodrigues Llompart, was arrested. It is said that during the raid on his home in the […] Continue reading

The Future, Bring it On!

The Future, Bring it On! / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 5 November 2016 — A feature of the Cuban authorities, since taking power in January 1959, has been wasting time planning for the distant future rather than focusing on solving the present and the near future. Perhaps it is because, from the outset, they decided […] Continue reading

Furry’s Offspring Set Up Camp in the US

Furry’s Offspring Set Up Camp in the US / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 20 OCtober 2016 — Yet another son of Army Corps General and former Interior Minister Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, alias “Furry,” arrived in southern Florida and decided to say. Nothing unusual in that, if we think back. Nineteen-year-old Antonio Colomé Hidalgo, […] Continue reading

Cuba After a Hurricane

Cuba After a Hurricane / Iván García Iván García, 6 October 2016 — One week. Perhaps two. That’s the shelf-life of news in Cuba about the recovery process after a hurricane has passed through. You can read information, which has a slight smell of triumphalism, about the various teams of linesmen who re-establish communications and […] Continue reading

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro family is starting to […] Continue reading

Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official’s House

Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official’s House / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 13 September 2016 — The struggle of a small community of neighbors in Camagüey against the allocation of a plot of land at the corner of their building to an official from the Ministry of […] Continue reading

Cuba’s small merchants denounce a “crusade” against their businesses

Cuba’s small merchants denounce a “crusade” against their businesses ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 22 de Agosto de 2016 – 13:54 CEST. Actions that many see as a crusade against small merchants continue in Havana. The constant surveillance of small business stands has spurred many sellers to close them, temporarily or permanently. Others have […] Continue reading

The Blackboard Mafia

The Blackboard Mafia / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 5 July 2015 — “Everyone knows which teachers accept money,” a group of young people tells me. In fact, some not only accept, but clearly require it from students who know they would not be able to pass the exam on their own. The […] Continue reading

Poor Quality Teaching in Cuba Leads to Expenses and Bribes

Poor Quality Teaching in Cuba Leads to Expenses and Bribes / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 20 June 2016 — The choice facing Yolexis was simple. Either he studied teaching, or he would have to do two years in the armed forces. At the age of 18, he couldn’t think of anything worse than putting on […] Continue reading

Soldiers in Business – Bad Deal

Soldiers in Business: Bad Deal / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet.org, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 30 May 2016 – The survival of the Castro regime increasingly appears to be in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). And not only because of the generals who run some of the most important ministries but also […] Continue reading

On the Trail of the MININT Papers

On the Trail of the MININT Papers / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 May 2016 — In connection with a top secret theft targeting the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Cuba (MININT), a high number of officials have been arrested, a colonel in charge of computer operations has committed suicide in his […] Continue reading

Cuban Officials in the Panama Papers

Cuban Officials in the Panama Papers / Hablemos Press Hablemos Press, Cuban Journalists and others* (see below), 13 May 2016 — Officials of the Cuban Communist Party hired a Swiss attorney to establish offshore companies for their global business activities, the Panama Papers reveal. The unprecedented leak of 11.5-million documents from the legal firm Mossack […] Continue reading

El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors

El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2016 – Less than three years after it opened, the El Trigal agricultural market closed its doors this Friday after it was announced on primetime television news last night by the vice president of the provincial government, Luis Carlos Gongora Dominguez. […] Continue reading

The ‘Panama Papers’ reveal the Cuban government’s offshore entities in tax havens

The ‘Panama Papers’ reveal the Cuban government’s offshore entities in tax havens DDC | Madrid | 11 Mayo 2016 – 10:57 am. Eleven Cuban government companies appear in the “Panama Papers” as offshore entitiescreated in tax havens. On Monday the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) launched a search engine providing access to some of […] Continue reading

New Prices, Political Will And Productivity

New Prices, Political Will And Productivity / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 22 April 2016 – As the journalist Regina Coyula warned, in order to understand what the press in Cuba is saying you have to know “Granmática” (the language of the newspaper Granma) and, even though the note on the first page of […] Continue reading

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible? That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl Castro. By Peter KornbluhTwitterAPRIL 6, 2016 The day after President Obama ended his historic trip to Havana, Cubans turned on their TV sets and watched his […] Continue reading

The issues that will be missing, and the shadow that won’t

The issues that will be missing, and the shadow that won’t FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 4 Abr 2016 – 8:26 am. From 16-19 April the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will be held – possibly the last to feature among its highest-ranking leaders historical figures who formed part of […] Continue reading